The Prophet Obadiah
Obadiah (586-583 B.C.) "obadi yah" (servant of Yaweh).
Obadiah prophesied judgement against Edom for attacking
Judah at the time of the Babylonian invasion and for
rejoicing over the misfortunes that befell Jerusalem.
You should not have entered the gate of My people in the
day of their calamity. Indeed, you should not have gazed
on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor
laid hands on their substance in the day of their
calamity. You should not have stood at the crossroads to
cut off those among them who escaped; nor should you have
delivered up those among them who remained in the day of
distress. "For the day of the LORD upon all the nations
is near; as you have done, it shall be done to you; your
reprisal shall return upon your own head.
The Edomites were the descendants of Esau, the twin
brother of Jacob. The Edomites were always in conflict
with Israel. They thought they were impregnable in their
mountain strongholds high up in the rocky gorges (Petra).
Obadiah predicted their doom. Within 4 years after
Jerusalem was burned, Edom was raided and desolated (582
B.C.), by the same Babylonians whom they had helped